The proof is in the pudding. Or some such

Among other things, I am a proofreader. And it’s a profession for which many elements might have been commoditised by the internet.

If you’re unsure whether to use affect or effect (or indeed effect), then it’s easy to find out on the internet. Is it yours or your’s? (Ouch, that hurt.) Again, the internet is your friend. Google will tell you.

But the issue is twofold. People don’t know what needs checking. And even if they did, many wouldn’t have the wherewithal to check it.

One day, proofreading will become a true commodity. Upload a document and download it in perfect English. (If the document itself is a crock of shit, this attribute will remain.) In the meantime, you know where I am.

Comments

3 Responses to “The proof is in the pudding. Or some such”

  1. Robert Dallison on November 18th, 2011 09:06

    Oh dear, pet peeve alert. I’m hoping your title is deliberately provocative… As a proofreader I’m sure you know what I’m talking about?

  2. Dan on November 18th, 2011 09:09

    Yep. Deliberately provocative. 🙂

  3. Robert Dallison on November 20th, 2011 14:20

    ^^ breathes a sigh of relief and gets on with the eating…

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